|Hubert Giles Wideman II|
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|Monday, 19 August 2013 09:54|
H. Giles Wideman II, affectionately known as "Giles" or "Gike," passed away Friday, August 16, 2013 after a long health battle at home with his family present.
Giles was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Perrysburg. He started his football career at Perrysburg High School.
After graduation he was asked by an Ohio Congressman to enter the Air Force Academy and join their first class. He did and was quickly added to their football squad as a tackle. In his senior year his team played in the 1958 Cotton Bowl and had an undefeated season. He graduated as a pilot and flew a B-52 and other reconnaissance aircraft. He also coached football at the Air Force Academy. His Air Force career took him all around the world. He retired as a Major after 23 years of service.
After leaving the military, Giles certified to teach high school mathematics through Bowling Green State University. He began teaching mathematics at Scott High School, later becoming the Mathematics Department Chairman.
Most people know Giles because of his football Hall of Fame Honor at the Air Force Academy. But Giles' professional pleasure came when he saw his former students around town gainfully employed being productive members of society. It made him feel he had helped make a difference in their lives.
Of all the roles Giles played such as teacher, pilot, athlete, none was as dear to his heart as dad and grandpa. He was a constant source of love and support to his daughter and grandchildren, always involved and enriching their lives. He continues to live on through them and the memories they shared.
Giles was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda (Kazmier), father, Hubert Giles Wideman, brother, Frederick Wideman and his granddaughter, Hope Wideman.
Giles is survived by his wife of four happy years, Jean A. (McIntyre-Grapp) Wideman, his daughter, Jennifer A. Wideman-Willey, grandchildren Abby Wideman, Ethan Willey, Isabel Wideman-Willey, and Lily Wideman-Kernz. Giles is also survived by stepchildren Christine A. (David) Diefenthaler, Barbara L. (Steven) Ross, James V. McIntyre and many step grand and great-grandchildren.
Giles belonged to Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, where his mother was the church secretary for 42 years and where he spent many happy hours. He also was a member of many Air Force and Ohio Education groups.
Friends will be received at Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 E. Indiana Ave. Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m., with Pastor Timothy Philabaum, officiating with a luncheon at noon and military burial at 1:45 p.m. at Fort Meigs Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank all the help that Bridge Hospice of Bowling Green and Visiting Angels Home Care have given to Giles and Jean. It allowed his family to keep Giles at home and to keep him comfortable.
Expressions of thanks may be made to them or Zoar Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be made to the family online @www.witzlershank.com.
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